Courses Catalogue

Introduction To Numerical Methods Of Structural Analysis

COURSE CODE: CIV4143
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Civil Engineering, Bsc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course introduces numerical methods for the analysis of structures using computers. Basic matrix methods of analysis, analytical development of the Direct Stiffness Method for linear structures under static loading and discretization and finite elements, degrees-of-freedom, load/force/displacement and strain vectors, element flexibility and stiffness matrices, transformation of the reference system, formation of the system's stiffness matrix from the element stiffness matrices are covered.

 

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE

This course will expose students to the computational methods used in linear static and dynamic problems in structural engineering analysis

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

·        Understand the basic concepts of computational mechanics applied to generic solid structures.

·        Gain the basic numerical skills and insight into interpreting the results these methods can generate

·        Understand the concepts of stress and deformation analysis of solid objects, and how numerical methods such as the finite element method are used in structural analysis.

·        Acquire the basic concepts of finite element method in structural analysis

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

A student on completing this course is expected to:

·        Apply the basic numerical skills and insight into interpreting the results these methods can generate.

·        Outline the concepts of stress and deformation analysis of solid objects, and how numerical methods such as the finite element method are used in structural analysis.

·        Apply the basic concepts of finite element method in structural analysis